Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- February 28, 2003
Cal State L.A. Chair is Elected to National Theatre
Stephen Rothman, chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at
California State University, Los Angeles, has been elected to membership
in the National Theatre Conference.
Founded in 1925, NTC has a limited membership of 120 persons who are
artistic directors and other theater professionals from across the country,
as well as university theater faculty, particularly department chairs,
many of whom work actively in the field. The organization initiates
and support projects of value and significance with a view to strengthening
and broadening the influence of American theater. NTC members meet annually
to exchange views on and to promote the profession of theater.
Rothman received his B.S. and M.F.A. from Florida State University.
Before joining the Cal State L.A. faculty in spring, 2001, he was associate
professor of theater at Pennsylvania State University and producing
director of Pennsylvania Centre Stage, the professional theater arm
of Penn State (1998-2001).
Based in Los Angeles from 1979 to 1998, Rothman is best known by southern
California theatergoers as founder and producing artistic director of
the revitalized Pasadena Playhouse. He coordinated the then multi-million
dollar restoration of the three-theater complex and directed numerous
productions in each space. In California, he also served as artistic
director of the Sacramento Theatre Company, and produced West Coast
premieres that included Hometown Heroes, California Schemin’ and
Orphans, presented in American Sign Language at Deaf/West Theatre. His
March 1997 Sacramento production of Love Letters, starring then-Governor
Pete Wilson and his wife Gayle, made L.A. Times front-page news. Rothman
has been producing director of the Paramount Arts Centre, and associate
executive director of the Asolo State Theatre. He was theater management
consultant for the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles for many years.
In addition to directing over 100 shows at more than 50 different theaters
around the country, Rothman has directed television productions, including
two seasons on The New WKRP in Cincinnati. He has taught master classes
and held adjunct professorships at USC, CSU Davis, Illinois State University,
and Florida State University, and held a three-time appointment as the
Iben Lecturer at Bradley University in Illinois.
In 2000, Rothman received a Carbonell Award as Best Director for his
work on David Rambo’s play, God’s Man in Texas. The play
won the most honors for a non-musical, including best play, supporting
actor, lighting and set design, and has since become one of the most
popular new plays in the regional theater circuit. The Carbonell Awards
are given by the South Florida Critic’s Association and the Theatre
League of South Florida. In 1997, Rothman received the Los Angeles Dramalogue
award for his direction of Orphans.
The Palm Beach Post has hailed Rothman a director who “understands
the balancing act of tones and characters,” and the Los Angeles
Times called his most recent directorial work at Cal State L.A. (Burning
Patience) “captivating.” Rothman is preparing to direct
Cal State L.A.’s production of El Grande de Coca Cola in May.
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